Jefferson Waful Talks Directing Umphrey’s McGee Doc ‘Reel To Real,’ Phish Mexico & More

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee just released their documentary film, Reel To Real, online. The film is a look back on the band’s history, using rare footage, recordings, and journal entries to create a nostalgic video that was originally created for a unique performance for some of their most hardcore fans this past January. What started out as a small project took on special meaning, as the project grew into this full length telling of the band’s path towards making their dreams come true.Reel To Real takes the viewer on a roller coaster ride through the career of Umphrey’s McGee, starting out as a green group of college kids chasing their rock star fantasies and taking us into Umphrey’s present as Progressive Rock gods. The documentary touches on some emotional moments, and certainly shows a private side of Umphrey’s McGee. Specifically, the documentary spends a lot of time focused on the Umphrey’s relationship with former drummer Mike Mirro, his difficult departure, and their subsequent re-birth after Kris Myers joined the band. That portion of the film is emotional, and the band does a good job delivering their honest feelings about the subject. This heavy material is offset by excellent stories about the band on the road, showing us the creation of their famed “Jimmy Stewart” improv segments, an explanation of the genesis of their infamous Halloween mash-up tradition, and lots of excellent footage, specifically a segment later in the film where the band rips it up at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of their The London Session record.This film is a treat for anyone who ever wanted to peak behind the curtain of an up-and-coming band, and gives the viewer an idea of just how difficult it can be to “make it” in the music business.  Certainly, if you are an Umphrey’s fan, you’ll love this film and the stories it tells; who knew that “Miss Tinkles’ Overture” was about keyboardist (and good sport) Joel Cummins accidentally peeing on his pillow in the back of their van?Reel To Real was directed by the band’s beloved lighting designer Jefferson Waful.  While Waful joined the band in 2008, about halfway through their story, he shows a keen eye in Reel To Real, plucking iconic moments from throughout the band’s career and setting their story up with a flowing narrative, turning the rise of Umphrey’s McGee into a real story with complex emotions.Mr. Waful was kind enough to sit down with L4LM to talk Reel To Real and more, see below for the full Q&A!L4LM: The band is so lucky to have so much footage, recorded material, and journals from their past.  Was it a deliberate decision on their part to archive as many moments as they could?JW- A little bit of both.  I wasn’t working for the band in those early days, between 2001-2008.  I think it was just a function of the technology of the time, which now seems a little out of date, but at the time having handheld camcorders was popular, and an easy way to document things. I don’t think they envisioned any specific use, but knew that archiving those moments could be useful one day.L4LM- It must have been difficult sifting through all of this footage and so many years worth of stories.  With so much to choose from, how did you decide which of their stories were the most important to include in the film?JW- The project started with [Umphrey’s Manager] Kevin Browning and Brian Walsh weeding through all this footage.  Kevin had an idea of what the important footage was and what clips would work.  For example, he immediately knew that the “Miss Tinkle’s” footage was perfect for this project, it jumped out because the story was funny and the song was important to the band and to their fans. Anyway, when they first presented the footage to me, it was about 2 Terabytes worth of content.  I took one look at that and it just seemed like an insane amount of footage, so Kevin and I had a discussion mid October, and I asked him if he could go back and whittle some of the footage down since he has the details and the memories that I don’t have from those early years.  So he went back and catalogued everything for me and that made sorting through the content a lot easier.  They made it very easy to go through the folders they’d created and find specific clips.Since they weren’t consciously filming a documentary at the time, it was frustrating that some of the footage was too short or not perfect.  I’d find a clip that might seem perfect, but then the recording would stop after only a few seconds, and that was certainly frustrating, because for the purpose of telling a story I’d have to present clips that were long enough from a narrative perspective.  I ended up sorting by time so I would only look at shots more than 10 seconds long; I wanted to be sure all the clips I used were good story telling devices.  It was definitely a challenge, and very time consuming.  All the credit to Kevin and Brian to whittle down that pile of footage at the beginning.  Not to say that I didn’t go back and look at the raw footage, I definitely stayed up until sunrise and beyond some nights looking for some very specific shots.L4LM- It seems like quite the undertaking,JW- One shot I’m particularly proud of finding is of Brendan opening the back lounge window of the bus, the scene where he screams at the sunrise, and it’s probably my favorite shot of the whole movie.  It encapsulates the experience of being a young band on the road, and I believe that clip is from the first night they ever had a tour bus, so they were so excited to be on the road living their dream.  Even though that clip is only 3 seconds long, it tells that story so perfectly.  That’s one of those shots I never would’ve found if I hadn’t dug through the catalog of footage for hours on end.It was a long process, but worth it to find clips like that.L4LM- You began working with Umphrey’s McGee in late 2008.  What was it like to join these best friends in the middle of their journey and what has your experience been joining such a tight-knit group?JW- They were and have been very welcoming.  I knew them because I had worked for moe., and they do Summercamp together with Umphrey’s every year.  So we did those festivals together and had been on tour together a bit.  I’d interviewed them a bit and I used to manage a band called Uncle Sammy that toured with them as well, and we were the same age, so we felt like peers.  They were very welcoming and made me feel right at home when I joined the team.  There was an instant chemistry with their playing style and improvisation and my style of lighting design. I definitely had an idea of how I’d light the band, having been around them so much, and it came kind of effortlessly because I wasn’t around for so much of it.L4LM- Was it fun telling the stories behind some of Umphrey’s most iconic songs, like Miss Tinkle’s Overture and Plunger?  Are there any other songs with interesting back stories that didn’t make the film?JW- Not really, not anything that significant.  I was really proud of that Plunger scene, even if it is really short.  The story acts as a narrative device, with the song bridging what was going on with the band at that time to the next chapter of their lives, and it moves the film to it’s next chapter simultaneously. We just happened to have the footage of them recording the song, and happened to have the footage of their “Storytellers” performance, and together it acted as a great plot device.  I had heard that song hundreds of times and never knew that’s what that song was about.  I’m so busy concentrating on the lights that I don’t listen much to the lyrics anyway, but I was surprised to learn the lyrics in this song, and just goes to show you the insight and meaning in some of their song writing.L4LM- To hear the band members talk about Mike Mirro leaving the band, it’s clear that moment in their history was very difficult for everyone involved.  You could tell they all still had complex feelings about it.  Was it difficult to cover that part of their story?JW- It definitely was the most sensitive topic, but also the most interesting topic, as far as a story telling device.  Without conflict you don’t have much of a story.  I didn’t want this to come off like a puff piece or promo, since I am a salaried employee of the band in the end, so from a journalistic standpoint I wanted to bend over backwards to make it seem like an unbiased telling of their real story.  I wanted to let the interviews tell the story of what we wanted to include, and in the end they didn’t ask me to take anything out of the film, band or management didn’t make any changes.  It was one hundred percent honest and it came across that way.  Part of the point of this project was to show the real side of their stories, and that’s why we decided to call the film “Reel to Real”.  Having the word “Real” in the title set the tone for the whole film.L4LM- Was there anything else in Umphrey’s story that you wish you could haveve included in the film, but got left on the cutting room floor?JW- There were hundreds and hundreds of hours of footage and so much that was great that I wish I could have included, but in the end didn’t fit the overall flow of the film.  We wanted it to be an hour or less, because the original vision of this film was to create a video the length of one set of Umphrey’s music. The whole point was for this video to be set 1 and a traditional set of UM music as set 2 for this special show we did on January 1st in Denver.  As we were editing the film, it became more of a documentary, but it still needed to fit in as a first set for this.  I credit a lot of my friends for giving me a lot of advice, specifically Clayton Halsey, and also Steve Brandano from The Howard Stern show.  They watched it with me and told me to cut the film from 75 minutes to 60 minutes.  In this ADD-era of the Internet we wanted to keep the flow moving pretty quickly, so I went back and found the weakest 15 minutes and cut them out.  The things that got cut were the things that were not essential to the chronology of the band and the Mike Mirro plot and all the other things that we had mapped out for the story.  There were countless fun and funny scenes that were great footage, but just didn’t move the story and were, in the end, unnecessary.L4LM- Will we see any more Umphrey’s McGee classic footage released in the future?JW- I would think that at some point we’ll see more of it, there’s certainly a lot more footage and we keep shooting more footage.  We have no specific plans today to release any more footage, but I love doing it and we’re certainly an organization that likes to interact with our core fans, so I can envision us continuing to do more projects like this one.L4LM- Do you have any other special projects that you can talk about that you’re currently working on?JW- At the moment, no. I just finished editing the final version of “Reel to Reel” four days ago, so it feels great to have zero things hanging over my head as far as film projects.  I’m happy to take a little breather, since I started working on this project way back in August of 2015.L4LM- Switching gears, I know you recently got to work with Chris Kuroda as part of Phish’s run in Mexico. Can you tell us a little bit about that experience?JW- I could talk about Phish Mexico for hours, and it was definitely one of the highlights of my life, without a doubt.  I remember walking home from the Saturday show, and I made a pact with myself to never complain about anything again.  I got to work with my favorite band and my biggest influence while lighting up the ocean, and it happened the same week that the original version of Reel to Real was finished, which was quite serendipitous. Thanks to Umphrey’s, Phish, CID Entertainment, and Chris I got to accomplish two of my lifelong dreams in such a short period of time, so complaining about anything just seemed a little ridiculous…but I could go on about the TSA lines at LaGuardia Airport!last_img read more

Circles Around The Sun To Play Third-Ever Live Show, With Railroad Earth

first_imgChris Robinson Brotherhood guitarist Neal Casal‘s Circles Around The Sun project had added another date to their schedule. The group has announced it will play Railroad Earth‘s Horn o’ Plenty Getaway at the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg, PA Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 25th and 26th).As you may or may not know, Casal, joined by fellow CRB brethren keyboardist Adam MacDougall, drummer Mark Levy and bassist Dan Horne, created the setbreak music for the Grateful Dead‘s Fare Thee Well shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field last summer. With plenty of positive feedback after the Dead shows, it prompted the group to release Interludes For The Dead in proper album format.After playing their first official live performance at Lockn’ recently, the group announced a show at Brooklyn Bowl on Nov. 23rd.Tickets for RRE’s Plenty O’ Horn Getaway can be purchased here. [via Jambase]last_img read more

Initiative of Pula citizens to cancel 20-year concession for ski lift in Valovine Bay

first_imgA society that steals public goods from the majority in order to give it away once cannot prosper, point out the Green Istria Association, which sent an open letter to the mayor of Pula and a request from the Pula citizens’ initiative to cancel the 20-year ski lift concession in Valovine Bay.Namely, as the Green Istria Association states in its announcement, during the preparation and beginning of the construction of the ski lift with the accompanying catering facility on the water, the investor made many omissions, which were not sanctioned by any relevant institution. From the illegal filling of maritime property, as well as the fact that the investor or the developer of the Environmental Protection Study did not state that a catering facility is planned on the platform on the sea, to the destruction of the habitat of strictly protected periscopes.Communication is transmitted in full:OPEN LETTER TO THE MAYOR – Request of the initiative of the citizens of Pula for the abolition of the 20-year concession for the ski lift in the Bay of ValovineDear Mayor,The issuance of a 20-year concession for the construction and economic use of a ski lift in Valovine Bay has caused great outrage among citizens for destroying the beauty of Pula’s only shallow sandy beach, so far fully preserved peaceful oasis, ideal for parents with young children and our senior citizens. bus station. The accelerated pace of construction and exploitation of the coast without awareness of the need to protect it calls into question what we love most about our city. Development does not necessarily mean the destruction of the environment and nature. With smarter planning we can develop while preserving natural beauty and values. A ski lift in another bay of already paved shores, with suitable parking, sewers and a road would not provoke opposition. Comments on Facebook due to the construction of a ski lift in Valovine Bay are proof of indignation, suspicions of corruption and dissatisfaction with favoring individual investors to the detriment of the entire community. In other words, citizens do not support such a policy of the City.On Saturday, June 30, citizens protested at the site of the construction of the ski lift, demanding an immediate suspension of works, the abolition of the 20-year concession and the return of the bay to its former state. With large buoys, we marked the area of ​​the ski lift structure, which shocked the protesters even more – most of them could not even imagine that the structure stretches almost the entire bay.As the mayor of Pula, you should know how to recognize the importance and support the citizens who are fighting for the public interest and preserving the exceptional beauty of the city for these and future generations.You have probably noticed for yourself that there is an increasing number of men and women from Pula who are interested in the environment in which they live and are ready to engage in its preservation and improvement. Unfortunately, this does not correspond to the engagement of relevant institutions, including city ones. All of them are “adorned” with slowness, inefficiency, looking through the fingers of great economic interests, neglect of the public interest, “turning their heads to the other side”, which calls into question honesty and legitimizes suspicion of corruption. At best, we can expect only formal work. A good portion of these bodies even violate their own regulations. Such a society cannot prosper. A society that steals the public good from the majority in order to give it away once cannot prosper.The investor demolished the coastal wall, filled the maritime property and the sea with construction stone at the place where the habitat of the strictly protected species is located. That we were right in pointing out the omissions of the authorities and actions for which there are no permits is also shown by the fact that on July 2, 2018, the investor hastily removed the filled gravel from the sea, a beautiful sight for local bathers and tourists. Many citizens sent us pictures of the bay soiled by these works. In the middle of the season. Where were your utility stewards, what did your Board of Directors do for the utility system and assets? Why didn’t you report the illegal dumping of maritime property to the Port Authority?The location and construction permit for the construction of the ski lift does not specify the catering facility on the platform. And here we come to an interesting detail of this case.The preliminary design from the Environmental Protection Study and the preliminary design attached to the Concession Agreement, which you signed, are seemingly the same. Except in essential detail. We attach both documents for easier tracking.Side dish: Idejno_rjesenje_elaborat_MANJI.jpg / Idejno_rjesenje_koncesija_MANJI.jpgIn the preliminary design for the ski lift no. 14-041 from December 2015, which is attached to the Environmental Protection Study, the following are listed as supporting facilities for the ski lift: 14,4 m2 closed + 48,4 m ski lift, 227 m2 access bridge (the accompanying facilities are listed in the text part : prefabricated terrace for preparing skiers, platform for getting out of the water, access bridges and engine room-prefabricated building of 14,4 m2).In the Concession Agreement, the conceptual design is seemingly the same. It has the same number 14-041 and date as the preliminary design from the Environmental Protection Study – December 2015. The difference is that in the annex to the Concession Agreement, the description of the accompanying facilities has been deleted.Please inform the public: How is it possible for conceptual designs to differ?On the basis of which a concession for a catering facility was issued when the Concession Agreement, as well as the preliminary design, does not show exactly where the catering facility is located or how big it is?How is it even possible for a catering facility to be in a concession if it was not provided for in the Environmental Protection Study, and thus neither in the location nor in the construction permit?There are reasons to cancel the 20-year concession for a ski lift, use themThe regulations allow you to terminate the concession. You know this because in 2016, at the request of the citizens, you abolished 9 concession committees for economic activities on Galeb’s Rocks, without much explanation. In accordance with the Concessions Act (Art. 71) and the Maritime Property Act (Art. 29), you can unilaterally terminate the concession agreement. The concessionaire may be deprived of the concession for several reasons, for example due to the protection of the public interest or if the concessionaire does not sufficiently protect the maritime domain and does not implement measures and actions for the protection of nature. Which we proved. When performing the works (so far initial), the investor did not take into account the habitat of the strictly protected periscope that stretches along the entire bay. Habitat destruction by embankment was documented by underwater images. The works should be urgently covered so that the damage would not be done to the entire habitat within the scope of the construction of 3 hectares.At the beginning of the permitting process, ie in the Environmental Protection Study, the investor in the assessment procedure on the need to assess the impact of the project on the environment “failed” to state several important facts about the project:- that the intervention of 3 hectares is planned on the habitat of strictly protected periscopes;. to plan a catering facility on the platform on the sea;- that the coast and the sea will be filled.This incomplete document was the basis for the County of Istria to unreasonably determine that it is not necessary to conduct an environmental impact assessment, which does not justify them because we pointed out all their shortcomings during the public debate. Therefore, environmental and nature protection measures are not prescribed for the project. If he had honestly described the habitat of the periscope, the investor might not have been allowed the intervention or he would have been prescribed appropriate environmental measures. It is quite clear that the investor has withheld many features of the project in order to more easily obtain the necessary permits.Therefore, we believe that the concession should be urgently terminated and the investor advised to make a new Environmental Study which will describe the true state of the seabed of the site, consider all possible negative impacts on the environment and nature and ALL parts of the proposed project, including offshore catering . Also advise him to suggest an alternative location for a ski lift with less negative impact on nature and the landscape.There are many other strange circumstances related to the works on the realization of this project, so please explain them to the public:- who allowed the investor to fill the shore and the sea with gravel from the quarry without the assessment procedure on the need for environmental impact assessment (mandatory according to Annex II of the Decree on Amendments to the Decree on Environmental Impact Assessment, point 9.12. – interventions for which implement OPUO: all interventions that include embankment of the sea shore, deepening and drying of the seabed and construction of buildings in and on the sea of ​​length 50 m and more) ?;Will it therefore bear the consequences?- who allowed the investor to work on the coast and the sea in the middle of the bathing season?- who allowed the investor to use the coastal road with heavy vehicles, when it is obvious in what condition it is and that such vehicles will further damage it, and maybe because of that it will collapse?- how is it possible that the construction site or the use of the road was not marked with appropriate traffic signs?The initiative of the citizens of Pula to cancel the concession for the ski lift and Green IstriaRelated news: The case of the ski lift in Valovine: the relevant institutions have either not done at all or have done their job poorly – we urge them to do so now – URGENTlast_img read more

Leo E. Tincher

first_imgLeo E. Tincher, of Brookville, was born on January 26, 1938, in Millville, Ohio, the son of Carlos and Bertha McWhorter Tincher.  On August 14, 1959, he and the former Doris Robertson were united in marriage at the Old Baptist Church in Brookville.  Leo retired from Avon after 24 years of employment and then worked for Batesville Tool and Die for 7 more years.  He also kept busy at their greenhouse for 12 years.  Leo was a member of the Assembly of God and gave his heart to the Lord as a teen and was a humble servant throughout his life, and was a devoted family man.  In his leisure time, he enjoyed traveling and living part-time in Florida, bowling, playing cards, skating, and carpentry work; he also loved being in the woods getting firewood.  On Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the age of 78, Leo passed away peacefully at his residence after a lengthy illness.   Cremation was chosen by the family.  A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, November, 20, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Schilling Center.  Memorial contributions can be directed to Margaret Mary Hospice or the Doris and Leo Tincher and Family Scholarship Fund c/o the Franklin County Community Foundation.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Leo Tincher. Those surviving who will honor Leo’s memory include his loving wife of 57 years, Doris Tincher; three children, Jeff (Colleen) Tincher, Daphne Porter and Danielle (Bob) Ortman, all of Brookville; grandchildren, Micah Porter, Courtney (Porter) Powell, Katelyn (Tincher) Peace, Matthew Tincher, Justin and Allison Ortman; six great-grandchildren; brothers, Paul and Dallas Tincher of Trenton, OH, James Tincher of Brookville, and Harold Tincher of Centerville, and 2 sisters, JoAnn Market and Carol Tincher, both of Brookville.last_img read more